A Lifeboat For Humanity

It was James Lovelock who first suggested that there would be a very few countries which would escape the worst vagaries of the oncoming Climate Change… Much of our media remains silent about the problem and there hangs an eerie silence in the air around centres of political machinations. Our extractive mentality and the demand […]

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Using Wool in Permaculture Gardens

Just published over at Bealtaine Cottage Good Life… I have been using raw wool for the past twelve years here at Bealtaine Cottage gardens…here’s all the different ways I use it! Bealtaine Cottage Good Life membership is 12 euros per year and allows me a small income to continue to grow the Bealtaine Project both here […]

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To The Mountain!

I’ve been spending much of this week catching up with a great many tasks that were backing up around me…cork-tiling the bathroom floor and part of the Lodge floor, clearing the tunnel for the winter crops and all the usual stuff such as clearing and mowing the paths in the gardens! I have got a […]

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Bealtaine Cottage: the good life

Originally posted on DermyMcNally:
Do you ever feel that one person can’t make a profound impact on both the environment and on other people while still living the good life? Well, think again and read on. Colette O’Neill, a sixty something Omagh native, is the friendly and informative owner of Bealtaine Cottage, located just outside…

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Not Drowning, but Waving!

It was some time coming…but those of you who have followed the Bealtaine Cottage Magical Gardens site on Facebook are aware of the proliferation of material I posted on there. I was so passionate about spreading a message of optimism and love for Mother Earth, that I ended up with little or no time for […]

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Homelessness and Vulture Capitalism

Why has the government of Ireland allowed Vulture Funds to cash-buy over 60% of Irish property when we have a homeless crisis? A simple question. A simple tweet, made this morning, as I pondered what government is actually for… It concerns me deeply to imagine the almost two thousand  children who are awakening this morning […]

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Developing a Woodland from Zero

From monoculture rushy land to woodland in under twelve years. Not just any woodland, but a food forest woodland, as you can see from one of the thousand plus trees planted above…a Greengage! This is the only lawn here, enjoyed by Jack! There follows a series of forty plus photographs taken here at Bealtaine Cottage in July […]

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Giordano Bruno

I have been reading much of late…in particular, two books by James Lovelock, setting out the case for Gaia and the ensuing extreme weather generated by a change in our climate, among other things, some would argue!  This is not a blog about Climate Change or, even, extreme weather…enduring it is quite enough! This is about […]

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